Devotional: Uproot the Weeds
Before I jump into this week’s devotional, I just want to say a huge THANK YOU for all the support on this new little endeavor of sharing what the Lord is teaching me. I don’t always have time to respond to all of the comments, but I read every single one and they truly mean so much to me. I wish we could all get together at a cozy little coffee shop and just talk about God. Talk about life. Talk about what He’s teaching us lately and how we’re getting through the ups and down with Him. Wouldn’t that be amazing?! I would LOVE it.
So this past week or so I’ve been jumping around the Bible a lot in my reading. And one thing that seems to keep coming up is this image of seeds and soil. Jesus teaches about four different types of soil in Luke chapter eight and I find it so fascinating. Here’s the gist of this parable:
A farmer scatters seeds across his field. The field has different types of soil, some areas are really fertile and some are dry and rocky. Of course, the success of the seed depends on the condition of the soil–some of the seeds grow and flourish, but other seeds completely fail.
“This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is God’s word.
The seeds that fell on the footpath represent those who hear the message, only to have the devil come and take it away from their hearts and prevent them from believing and being saved.
The seeds on the rocky soil represent those who hear the message and receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they believe for a while, then they fall away when they face temptation.
The seeds that fell among the thorns represent those who hear the message, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares and riches and pleasures of this life. And so they never grow into maturity.
And the seeds that fell on the good soil represent honest, good-hearted people who hear God’s word, cling to it, and patiently produce a huge harvest.”
I’ve read this passage many times over the years, but when I came across it this week these words really jumped out at me in a new way. And I started thinking, what kind of soil do I have in my heart and mind? What kind of seeds am I letting grow in my mind?
Then a few days later I was reading in Isaiah and I found another passage about soil!
“The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word, I send it out and it always produces fruit…where there once were thorns, cypress trees will grow. Where briers grew, myrtles will sprout up. This miracle will bring great honor to the Lord’s name; it will be an everlasting sign of this power and love.” Isaiah 55: 10-13
Here’s my takeaway: This is a message of hope. There is truly unlimited potential in worthless dirt. The soil of our hearts can be transformed, renewed, and re-energized with the word of God–nothing is ever too desolate for Him.
I don’t know about you, but I desperately want my heart and mind to be fertile soil. God’s thoughts are completely different from mine (Isaiah 55:8) and I want HIS truth to take root in my mind.
Unfortunately, just like the passage in Luke tells us, the enemy tries to take these seeds of life away from us. And he wants to replace them with his own rotten seeds–those that grow into doubt, fear, confusion, discouragment, etc. He doesn’t want us to see our identity in Jesus, so he’s filling our minds with weeds and thorns. And we all know that weeds compete with crop for sunlight.
These passages encourage me to uproot all my old ways–I want to rip out all the thorns and dried up weeds in my mind to create a new, fertile soil for God’s truth. The changes don’t happen overnight–I’ve found it takes time to get rid of those old stubborn weeds, some of which have been around for years. And some we may not even realize are there until we really start looking. But it’s time to get those out of there and plant new seeds. I want ears to hear and a mind to understand just how great God’s love really is. And then I want to LIVE like it.